On December 18, 2009, the New Jersey Supreme Court adopted Court Rule 1:4-2, which sets forth requirements for mandatory continuing legal education (CLE), in accordance with regulations to be adopted under the Rule. The requirements apply to all attorneys holding a license to practice in New Jersey, including in-house counsel (and those in-house counsel not admitted on a plenary basis in New Jersey who must register for a limited license), judges and law clerks. Attorneys are now required to participate in 24 hours of CLE over a two-year period, which must include four hours in the areas of ethics and/or professionalism. Attorneys must maintain all records and documentation to demonstrate their compliance, which will be monitored by a newly-established 11-member CLE Board.
In a unanimous decision issued on March 19, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the named plaintiff in a proposed class action lawsuit cannot defeat federal jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA or the Act) by filing a pre-certification stipulation that he and the class will seek,…..
Supreme Court to Decide Whether Courts Can Review the Consular Denial of a Visa Based on Marriage to a U.S. Citizen
On October 2, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari in the case of Kerry v. Din. The case involved a U.S. citizen who claimed that her liberty interest in marriage has been violated by the denial of a visa to her husband, a national of Afghanistan, by a consular officer at the U.S. Consulate in Islamabad.
Twenty years ago, on a warm summer day, Hawaii enacted a restriction on employer inquiries into an applicant’s work history until after a conditional offer of employment. Intended to give applicants with criminal histories a fair shot at employment, the law—the first state “ban the box” law—crystalized a movement that, in time, would yield similar restrictions in 12 states and 17 localities (for private employers). The result is a crisscrossing jumble of requirements with little uniformity, putting employers in a difficult position when dealing with applicants (and sometimes even existing employees) in different jurisdictions.